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Do you have high blood pressure? If so, you might be tired of taking a handful of medications to lower it. My Dad had hypertension and I can vividly recall him complaining about the medications he had to take each day. Not too many of us were quite as aware back then though so the idea of looking for a natural treatment to lower blood pressure just wasn’t something a lot of people thought about. These days, more and more people change their thinking on it each day and are realizing that natural treatments for anything area almost always the better option. It’s true that some of the home remedies for blood pressure that I’ll give you below will take time…sometimes more time than a chemical medicine would, but the truth is? You’ll feel better than with a conventional medication.
As with any natural health post we do here, I want to remind you that we aren’t doctors and the advice given here shouldn’t be taken as the end all be all. Before you start any treatment (natural or otherwise) for any illness, especially one that could be as serious as hypertension can be, make sure you’re talking with your doctor. They can advise you on the best course of action for your body while we can only give you general advice and what might or has been shown to work. With that said, high blood pressure can lead co-morbidity if its left unchecked and can lead to serious heart complications while increasing your risk of a stoke. This means that if you are given a hypertension diagnosis that you need to pay attention to it. The diagnosis of high blood pressure is made by your doctor and is usually made after three visits where you show a blood pressure reading of at least 140/90.
8 Home Remedies to Lower Blood Pressure Naturally
Getting a diagnosis of HBP can feel like it’s the end of life as you know it . I know that I certainly felt that way when I got my diabetes diagnosis. It isn’t though. In fact, the chances that I have had to make for my own health have been so small (in the grand scheme of things) that I really haven’t’ noticed them. Even if you do notice them though, it’s worth trying them because your health is more important (or should be) than your convince.
Lower your blood pressure with natural supplements – Changing your diet can help improve your health in more than one way. Fiber, calcium, potassium, cocoa, garlic and Co Q-10 have all been shown to help lower blood pressure naturally. In addition to those, there is research that shows that Omega 3 Fatty acids like the ones found in fish can help as well. Flaxseed is also an excellent source of Omega 3 and with the other awesome benefits of flaxseed, you’d do really well to add it to your diet. If you don’t think you can all of that into your diet though, you can always take a supplement each day to make sure.On the herbal side, there are quite a few that may help to lower blood pressure naturally. A lot of the time, lowered blood pressure and sugar is a benefit of drinking herbal teas such as Green Tea or Oolong Tea. On the supplement side of it, Cardamom seeds, Ginger, Hawthorn and Cat’s Claw are really great options.
Eat less salt to lower your blood pressure naturally – Sounds easy right? Not so fast. If you’re constantly eating fast food or other pre-packaged meals, you need to take a look at the nutritional information. Salt is a great way to preserve food (Six Dollar Family) and as a result, most of those boxes and bags in your pantry are chock full of it and it can even hide in the foods that you may not suspect. The recommended daily amount of sodium is only about 1500 mg per day. A single can of soup can have almost that amount in it.
If you really want to cut your salt intake, stop buying as much as possible and start making things homemade like we have done. You and you alone will control how much salt is your food and by default, you’ll lower your blood pressure. Don’t cut salt completely out though. Our bodies need salt, but it needs to be a well-balanced amount.
Getting physical can lower high blood pressure naturally – No, not getting a physical, getting physical. In other words, get up off of the couch. If you’ve not been physically active in a while, start small and work your way up. Even starting with just 5 minutes a day will slowly build your endurance and add up. You don’t need to add a complete workout to see the benefits from it. Even something as small as taking the stairs at work or parking farther away from the door can help.It’s easy to say you’re going to be active. It’s easy to make goals. It’s also incredibly easy to forget them and leave them sitting where they started. Don’t allow this to happen to you. If you set a goal, stick to it and you’ll see the benefits in a lot more areas than your blood pressure.
Lower your blood pressure by losing a few pounds – I know. Who am I to talk, right? You see my photo over to your left. I’m not exactly a string bean. I’m working on that though and you know what? I’ve never felt better. Losing weight, even a small amount is hard. It takes willpower and it takes your determination. What it doesn’t have to be though is impossible. To be honest, I’m losing weight by the bucket loads simply with the lifestyle changes I’m treating my diabetes naturally with. Because of the changes, my body is reacting in all kinds of great ways, including taking those many (many) extra pounds off. If doing things like apple cider vinegar and tart cherry juice like I’m doing aren’t for you. I understand. You still need to be eating a well-balanced diet and pushing towards losing those extra pounds. If you need a great (and free!) option, SparkPeople is a fantastic place to start.
Essential Oils (Six Dollar Family) are a great home remedy for high blood pressure – Basil essential oil, cinnamon essential oil, lavender, ylang ylang, clary sage and frankincense can all be very effective home remedies for blood pressure. Make sure that you use a carrier oil like coconut oil or sweet almond oil to mix them with and make a roller ball blend for yourself. If you’re pregnant, do not use Clary Sage. It can induce uterine contractions triggering early labor.If you want to save a bit of money on it, you can eat basil and cinnamon in your daily diet instead of using it as an EO. For brand, I really like Now Foods Brand oils. They’re budget (Six Dollar Family) friendly and the quality is just as good as the more expensive brands. If I don’t use NOW Foods brand, I prefer Plant Therapy brand as a back up.
Blueberries are a great home remedy to lower blood pressure – Blueberries are rich in the flavanoid Quentin which can possibly help lower blood pressure, help prevent heart disease and more. By adding them to your diet fresh or in your drinks with blueberry concentrate, you’re helping to lower your blood pressure naturally. If you really want to make your dish or drink heart healthy, add a tablespoon of Elderberry syrup daily. It will help give your heart a healthy boost and help you keep colds and the flu away!
Stop smoking to lower blood pressure naturally – Aside from the obvious effects of smoking, it is extremely hard on your cardiovascular system which means that your blood pressure is impacted by it as well so quitting can only help improve those blood pressure readings that your doctor is doing. For help quitting smoking naturally, increase your water intake and buy some black pepper essential oil. Add a drop of the oil to each of your cigarette filters and you’ll soon stop wanting them.
Drink coconut water as a natural home remedy for high blood pressure – Coconut water, not coconut milk, is found in the shell of unripe coconuts and contains both potassium and magnesium. There haven’t been any scientific studies to show that making sure that you get the recommended dosage helps lower blood pressure, there is significant anecdotal evidence. That alone makes it worth it to try if you’re trying to lower your blood pressure naturally. Coconut water isn’t too expensive if you buy it in bulk and cost aside, the benefits of adding it to your diet might just be priceless for you.